Night on Earth

Night on Earth

Director: Jim Jarmusch Cast: Winona Ryder, Gena Rowlands, Giancarlo Esposito

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Jim Jarmusch's deadpan comedy-of-the-night is a collection of five vignettes taking place in the enclosed space of a cab ride, each occurring simultaneously in five different cities and five different time zones -- Los Angeles, New York City, Paris, Rome, and Helsinki. The Los Angeles episode takes place at dusk, as high-powered casting agent Victoria (Gena Rowlands) gets a ride from L.A. International Airport with tomboy driver Corky (Winona Ryder), who would rather go on driving her cab than take up Victoria's offer to make her a superstar. In New York City, novice East German cabbie Helmut Grokenberger (Armin Mueller-Stahl) has difficulty working the foot pedals to his hack, and his passenger, YoYo (Giancarlo Esposito), ends up driving himself to Brooklyn, picking up the shrill-voiced Angela (Rosie Perez) along the way. In Paris, an African cab driver (Isaach De Bankolé) ejects a collection of drunken African diplomats from his cab and picks up a beautiful but surly blind girl (Béatrice Dalle). In Rome, cab driver Gino (Roberto Benigni) engages in a heartfelt monologue confessing his past sexual exploits to his passenger, a priest who is dying of a heart attack in the back seat. The film winds down in the last melancholy vignette, taking place in Helsinki, as taxi driver Mika (Matti Pellonpää) picks up three inebriated workmen who regale him with hard-luck stories. But Mika has a much harsher story of his own to tell.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/09/2019
UPC: 0715515228510
Original Release: 1991
Rating: R
Source: Criterion
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound]
Time: 2:08:00
Sales rank: 3,201

Special Features

High-definition digital restoration, supervised and approved by director Jim Jarmusch, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack Selected-scene commentary from 2007 featuring director of photography Frederick Elmes and location sound mixer Drew Kunin Q&A with Jarmusch from 2007, in which he responds to questions sent in by fans Belgian television interview with Jarmusch from 1992

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Winona Ryder Corky
Gena Rowlands Victoria Snelling
Giancarlo Esposito YoYo
Rosie Perez Angela
Roberto Benigni Gino
Armin Mueller-Stahl Helmut Grokenberger
Béatrice Dalle Blind Woman
Lisanne Falk Rock Manager
Alan Randolph Scott 1st Rock Musician
Paolo Bonacelli Priest
Matti Pellonpää Mika
Romolo di Biasi Angry Driver
Sakari Kuosmanen 2nd Man
Antonino Ragusa 2nd Transvestite
Tomi Salmela 3rd Man
Anthony Portillo 2nd Rock Musician
Richard Boes 1st Cab Driver
Isaach de Bankolé Paris Driver
Pascal Nzonzi 1st Passenger
Emile Abossolo-M'Bo 2nd Passenger
Stephane Boucher Man in Accident
Noel Kaufmann Man on Motorcycle
Gianni Schettino 1st Transvestite
Nicola Facondo Lover
Donatella Servadio Voice of Dispatcher (Rome)
Kari Vaananen Man #1
Eija Vilpas Voice of Dispatcher (Helsinki)
Jaakko Talaskivi 1st Factory Worker
Klaus Heydemann 2nd Factory Worker

Technical Credits
Jim Jarmusch Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Madga Bava Costumes/Costume Designer
Kathleen Brennan Songwriter
Frederick Elmes Cinematographer
Claire Fraisse Costumes/Costume Designer
Barbara Gordon Costumes/Costume Designer
Jim Stark Executive Producer
Demetra J. Macbride Co-producer
Jay Rabinowitz Editor
Rudd Simmons Producer
Johan Le Tenoux Set Decoration/Design
Tom Waits Score Composer,Songwriter
Alexandra Welker Costumes/Costume Designer

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Night on Earth 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I came across this movie while flipping through the movie channels and hearing Finnish spoken--that's what first peaked my curiosity. I got a VCR copy and thought I'd only watch the last segment that takes place in Finland, spoken in Finn, with subtitles. (I thought I could pick up some useful phrases for my next family reunion.) Instead, I started watching the movie from the beginning. It is thoughtful, sad, and hilarious. The action takes place in five taxies around the world. It starts in LA with Winona Ryder as the cab driver which I found very interesting. If you've ever been in a cab these stories nail that strangely immediate intimate relationship that can develop between the cab driver and you in a few miles. If you watch only one segment watch the Italian segment with Roberto Benini--I am basically a prude but I laughed so hard I fell off my couch. This segment alone is worth the price of the movie. This movie stays with you a while. As I said--strangely compelling.